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Decisions of Latin American General Zionist Parley Criticized

The decisions adopted by the majority at the Latin American General Zionist Conference in Santiago, Chile, contradict the basic decision of the World Confederation of General Zionists, Moshe Kol, chairman of the Progressive General Zionist Party in Israel, stated in New York today following his return from the conference.

Mr. Kol charged that the declaration of solidarity with the General Zionists in Israel adopted by the majority at the conference violates the “gentleman’s agreement” which preserved World Confederation unity at the last Zionist Congress. He also said that the decision to establish a Latin American Confederation countermands the decision taken by the World Executive of the Confederation.

“The decision to launch a non-chalutzic General Zionist movement in Latin America likewise contradicts World Zionist Confederation decisions recognizing the Hanoar Hazioni, General Zionist chalutz movement, as the sole youth organization of the Confederation,” he stated.

The Progressive Zionist leader charged that the delegates to the conference were primarily sympathizers with the right-wing General Zionist Party in Israel. “The independent General Zionist bloc of Argentina, speaking for 50 percent of the General Zionists in that country and its pioneering youth, and headed by distinguished personalities, was not invited and not represented,” he said. The same is true of the Progressive General Zionist wing in Mexico and other countries,” he declared.

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